Driving to work has become nightmarish for me. My panic and anxiety have sky rocketed within the past 2 months. I re started my Prozac and use xanax as needed. It has only been once, last Monday, that I had such a severe panic attack I could not drive...I honestly don't know how I made it through a 12 hour work day. I've been okay enough to force myself to drive to and from work since then. I take 1/3 of a 0.5mg tablet of xanax when I wake up to help but it makes me really sleepy. It either helps me drive a lot or it makes me so sleepy that I get anxious about how tired I am driving.
So a lot of people believe in exposure therapy, the more you do it, the more you de-sensitize yourself to it and the more comfortable you get. I drive all the time and it's not helping at all, it's only making things worse. I am constantly anticipating the drive, I am always uncomfortable driving and suffer from severe anxiety doing it and panic attacks on/off.
Does anything help you guys cope with this?? I use the xanax as I've described above on/off, put lavender essential oil on a tissue in my car to help calm, and I have a mantra I say out loud "I am safe and in control".
I'd love some advice of anything that might help.
I have been doing really well with my anxiety and panic attacks ever since 1.5 months after getting back on my Prozac. But I am about to go through a HUGE hurdle. This upcoming Friday 1/2/18 and I don't get back home until really really late Thursday 1/8/18- practically Friday because I wont be home until after Midnight. I'm starting to lose sleep over my anxiety about leaving.I will be traveling...
It isnt big pharma. After 10+ of PTSD anxiety/panic disorder with agoraphobia I finally feel free. My mind is calmer, I actually want to do things and I dont have anticipitory anxiety about everything anymore. I have been helping fellow vets as well as others i have met in local support groups.